Stieber, Shields Named Ohio State Athletes of the Year

By 11W Staff on June 17, 2014 at 10:51a

Junior Logan Stieber, the first Ohio State wrestler to win three NCAA championships, and sophomore Catherine Shields, the Big Ten's rower of the year, were named Ohio State Athletes of the Year by the university Tuesday.

Stieber is fresh off a 30–1 season, improving his overall record to 90–3 (.968), which is tops in program history. Three months ago, he won his third national title in impressive fashion, 10–1. He is the second Ohio State wrestler to win the school's Male Athlete of the Year award, joining current Buckeye assistant wrestling coach J Jaggers, who capture the honor in 2009.

Ohio State's 1V8

Shields is a 2014 Pocock First Team All-American and was named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) First Team All-Central Region. She rowed the First Varsity Eight on Ohio State's first NCAA 1V8 title and was vital to the team's second-consecutive Big Ten and NCAA championships. Shields is the second rower in two years to win the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year award, joining teammate Claire-Louise Bode, who captured the award in 2013.

Ohio State Athletes of the Year:

Year Male Sport Female Sport
1982 Art Schichter Football    
1983 Chris Perry Golf Cathy Kratzert Golf
1984 John Frank Football Sarah Josephson Synchronized Swimming
1985 Robert Playter Gymnastics Yvette Angel Basketball
1986 Mike Lanese Football Tracey Hall Basketball
1987 Butch Reynolds Track & Field Karen LaFace Diving
1988 Chris Spielman Football Bridgette Tate Track & Field
1989 Joe Greene Track & Field Nikita Lowry Basketball
1990 Mike Rancanelli Gymnastics Susan Gottlieb Swimming
1991 Jim Jackson Basketball Holly O'Leary Volleyball
1992 Jim Jackson Basketball Leisa Wissler Volleyball
1993 Chris Nelloms Track & Field Audrey Burcy Basketball
1994 Chris Sanders Track & Field Katie Smith Basketball
1995 Blaine Wilson Gymnastics Laura Davis1 Volleyball
1996 Eddie George2 Football Katie Smith Basketball
1997 Blaine Wilson2 Gymnastics Amy Langhals Golf
1998 Hugo Boisvert Hockey Vanessa Wouters Volleyball
1999 Sconnie Penn Basketball Dominque Calloway Track & Field
2000 Jamie Natalie Gymnastics Donica Merriman Track & Field
2001 Jamie Natalie Gymnastics Donica Merriman Track & Field
2002 Raj Bhavsar Gymnastics Anna Smith Softball
2003 Craig Krenzel Football Stacey Gordon Volleyball
2004 Dan Taylor Track & Field Allison Hanna Golf
2005 Mike Nugent Football Stacey Gordon Volleyball
2006 A.J. Hawk Football Jessica Davenport Basketball
2007 Troy Smith Football Jessica Davenport1 Basketball
2008 Andras Horani Fencing Teresa Meyer Pistol
2009 J Jaggers Wrestling Jantel Lavender Basketball
2010 Evan Turner Basketball Sam Marder Softball
2011 Steven Kehoe Volleyball Jantel Lavender Basketball
2012 Zain Shaito Fencing Christina Manning1 Track & Field
2013 Blaz Rola Tennis Claire-Louise Bode Rowing
2014 Logan Stieber Wrestling Catherine Shields Rowing

1 Recipient of Big Ten Award as conference's female athlete of the year
2 Recipient of the Big Ten Jesse Owens Award as the conference's male athlete of the year


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OSUStu's picture

Now the two must square off in a no-holds-barred cage match to determine our true champion.  (Congratulations to them both!)

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Stieber is one of the most dominant wrestlers I've ever seen take the mat.  There is little doubt that he can and will secure his fourth national championship next year.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

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Curt Heinrichs's picture

It's looking good for #4. I'm working on a preview that looks at the main obstacles for a 4th.

Well deserved for both!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks to both of you for making Buckeye Nation proud once again

Max Power's picture

While I am not a wrestling fan, I am glad to see Stieber win this honor over some well known athletes from the two main revenue sports. His career at OSU has been nothing sort of remarkable. Congratulations and continued success on the mat during your final season at OSU. BuckeyeNation is proud

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BucksFan2000's picture

There seem to be a lot of people on the site complaining about soccer not being more popular, but what great athletes they are, etc.

Meanwhile, no one is in better shape, or gets less fan support, than wrestlers.  Logan has a chance to go down as one of the all-time great athletes in OSU history, but I doubt many fans would recognize his name right now.  I would think it's a safe bet more fans know who Torrance Gibson is than any OSU wrestler or soccer player.

It sucks, but that's the way it is.  I love attending these smaller sporting events though.  You basically get to sit where you want and the crowds can be a lot of fun.

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Curt Heinrichs's picture

Not just one of the all-time great OSU athletes, but Logan could become just the 4th wrestler in NCAA history to win 4 titles. Not too shabby for a kid from Monroeville. 

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